David Denlinger, commander of the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center acknowledged that the document came from his agency, but contained errors and overstated the link between Jared Loughner, the 22-year-old charged with shooting Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others outside a Tucson supermarket, and American Renaissance...
The document - which Denlinger described as an email "one of the detectives in the center authored ... to his supervisor ... just simply mentioning the brainstorming" - asserted that there is "strong suspicion" of a connection between Loughner and American Renaissance.
...but contained errors and overstated the link between Jared Loughner, the 22-year-old charged with shooting Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and others outside a Tucson supermarket, and American Renaissance.
"I do have no reason to believe in anything that we did that (Loughner) had any direct connection or was being directed by American Renaissance," Denlinger, an Arizona state police major, told POLITICO Tuesday.
On Sunday afternoon, when FBI Director Robert Mueller was asked about the possible link during a press conference in Tucson, he responded "I have seen some allusion to that in the media, let me just put it that way. Quite clearly, that is something that we would continue to look at and focus on in the course of the investigation."
He said he doesn't remember what made his detectives draw the connection between Loughner and American Renaissance and, he conceded that the document erred in labeling American Renaissance anti-Semitic, which formed the basis for its suggestion that Loughner may have targeted Giffords because of her religion.